CHANT (Community Health Access and Navigation in Tennessee)

CHANT teams provide help with navigation of medical and social services for children (birth to 21 years) along with pregnant and postpartum adolescents and women.

What is CHANT?
Navigating the complex system of health and social services can be challenging for many individuals and families, and depending on individual needs and medical diagnoses, care may involve a number of programs, providers, and personnel.  To overcome these challenges, the Tennessee Department of Health has CHANT teams.  CHANT teams provide enhanced patient-centered engagement and navigation of medical and social services referrals. 

Who is Eligible?
Individuals eligible for CHANT include:

  • Pregnant and postpartum adolescents and women
  • Children (Birth through 21 years of age)
  • Children and Youth with Special Care Needs (Birth through 21 years of age).  For more on this option, visit Children Special Services. 

Referring Yourself or Someone Else to the CHANT Program
Referrals are accepted from all medical providers and social service agencies.  You may also refer yourself to the program.  If you are eligible for the CHANT program and would like to refer yourself or someone else, please sign up at this link.  If you are referring yourself, please put SELF for the referral agency. PLEASE FILL OUT FORM COMPLETELY.

How CHANT Can Help

Comprehensive Screening and Assessment


Each member of the family unit is screened for the following:


  • Social services needs
  • Mental/behavioral health risk
  • Child health and development milestones
  • Special health care needs
  • Medical risk
  • Health insurance
  • Medical and dental services

Pathways of Care


  • Behavioral health
  • Child health and development education
  • Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN)
  • Dental home/referral
  • Developmental screening/referral
  • Employment
  • Family planning
  • Health insurance
  • Housing
  • Immunization screening/referral
  • Maternal loss
  • Medical home/referral
  • Pregnancy/postpartum
  • Perinatal loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social service referral
  • Transition of CYSHCN 14+ yrs.

Care Coordination


  • Link patients and families with resources to facilitate referrals and respond to medical and social service needs
  • Communicate care plans and goals and proactively track patients as they go to and from clinical care to communities
  • Identify and refer eligible high risk patients to available evidence based home visiting (EBHV) programs